Choreography and Dance
Swiss, born in Baltimore, USA. She studied at Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo. Following her first engagement as a soloist in Turin. After one season in Turin, Rafaële Giovanola was engaged by Egon Madsen for the Frankfurt Ballet. There, she danced the classical repertoire and co-operated with several modern choreographers like Jiri Kylian, Uwe Scholz and William Forsythe, the Frankfurt Ballet choreographer. Under his direction she stayed with the Frankfurt Ballet for six years, being involved in all important productions. During her engagement in Frankfurt she met the guest-choreographers Daniel Larrieu, Stephen Petronio and Christoph Nel. Since 1990, when the Choreographic Theatre was founded, Rafaële Giovanola is a member of Pavel Mikuláštik's company. In 1995 Rafaële Giovanola was mentioned in the annual poll of critics of "ballett international/tanz aktuell" in the category "exceptional dancing personalities".
Since March 2000 grounded together with Rainald Endraß the Freelance Group COCOONDANCE.
Rafaële Giovanola has been teaching for different companies in the Oper Bonn at the Städtischen Bühnen Freiburg in Breisgau, the Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf, the Brotfabrik Bonn, the Theater in St Gallen (CH) and at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
Concept and Direction
Born in Schwäbisch Gmünd, he studied German, Philosophy, Sociology and Theatre Sciences in Frankfurt. During this period, he gained experience in the fields of dramaturgy and direction, being assistant at the Frankfurt Theatre. Following several projects of the independent scene and after guest engagements at the Städtische Bühnen Freiburg, he is responsible for dramaturgy, PR and organisation at the Choreographisches Theater since 1991. Together with Pavel Mikuláštik and his ensemble he changed from Freiburg to the Theater der Bundesstadt Bonn in 1997.